Higher Education for Seniors

Lifetime Learning Institute at Bard College (Annandale-on-Hudson)

LLI is a membership-run organization that offers non-credit courses to Seniors who have a desire for lifelong learning. Classes are held during seven-week spring and fall semesters and four-week winter and summer sessions. The 2021 winter semester will be held on Zoom. The annual application period is June 1-21; applicants are admitted by lottery. The application and the current catalog are at their website

Dutchess Community College (Poughkeepsie)

For information on continuing education and non-credit classes contact the Office of Community Services at (845) 431-8910. Seniors may also audit classes when space is available by arrangement with the Secretary to the Registrar, who can be reached at (845) 431-8028.

Marist College (Poughkeepsie)

Marist has a volunteer membership-run organization that provides for intellectual and cultural exploration and development for men and women of retirement age. The Center for Lifetime Study (CLS), offers non-credit courses covering topics reflecting a variety of interests. There is a membership fee and a long waiting list. For further information call CLS at (845) 575-3000 ext. 2011. Seniors may also audit classes when space is available by arrangement with the instructor.

Vassar College (Poughkeepsie)

An adult educational program affiliated with Vassar College offering a broad range of non-credit educational courses and activities to members 55 and over at a minimal cost. Classes are taught by volunteer members, retired and active faculty, and outside experts. Find out more at (845) 437-7229.

Visit to learn more about courses from the State University of New York and other area institutions.

Senior Community Service Employment Program

The Senior Community Service Employment Program provides temporary training experience for people age 55 and older that want to re-enter the workforce. You must qualify according to Federal financial guidelines. Go to or call (845) 298-8998 x22 for more information.


(Resources from: Office of the Aging)